Ahn Se-young, who won the Jeon Young Open singles in 27 years, ‘Korean badminton majesty’… Doubles medal collection
Korea’s status shone in the most prestigious badminton competition.
Ahn Se-young (21, Samsung Life Insurance), who is called the Korean badminton signboard, defeated Chen Yu-fei of China 2-1 (21-17, 10-21, 21-19 ) and won the gold medal.
She is the first singles gold medalist in 27 years since Bang Soo-hyeon in 1996 at the Jeonyeong Open, which started in 1899 and boasts the longest history and authority. Ahn Se-young only made it to the round of 32 in 2020안전놀이터, which was her first tournament, but she immediately raised her performance with a runner-up last year. She also brushed off her regret at not reaching her gold medal this time.
Ahn Se-young, who won a dramatic come-from-behind victory after a bloody battle of 1 hour and 22 minutes against Tai Zi-ying of Taiwan in the semifinals, was in a good mood. However, her opponent in the final was Chen Yu-fei, the gold medalist at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She was a losing opponent with a record of 2 wins and 8 losses in her career, but at the same time, she was also a mountain she had to overcome.
She succeeded in dominating the first set. Based on her solid defense, she led the atmosphere and succeeded in stopping her opponent’s pursuit. She just had 2 sets that were tough. She made a series of erroneous sex plays and she lost heavily, 10-21. It was a situation where the atmosphere would pass, but Ahn Se-young was firm.
She increased her concentration in the final three sets. She was 1-0, but she succeeded in turning around by winning 1 point like a thousand gold after a long rally of 59 times. Afterwards, Ahn Se-young, who accumulated her points one after another, seldom lost the lead and made Chen Yu-fei’s pursuit in vain. She ended up winning the final 21-19 with a powerful smash hit.
The sadness of losing to Akane Yamaguchi (Japan) in the final of the last tournament was completely washed away. In addition, she won two consecutive victories against Chen Yu-Fei following the semifinals of the Malaysia Open in January, and even caught two rabbits of overcoming compatibility.
On the other hand, good news also poured in in doubles. Teams Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong and Baek Hana-Lee So-hee, who advanced to the finals side by side, secured Korea’s gold and silver medals early on. In the final, where they competed for the color of the medal, the 5-year duo Kim So-young and Gong Hee-yong showed their age and defeated Baek Ha-na and Lee So-hee, who had only been working together for half a year, with a set score of 2-0. It is the first women’s doubles gold medal in six years since Jang Ye-na and Lee So-hee in 2017.
In the mixed doubles, the duo of Seo Seung-jae and Yoo-jeong Chae played a full set match against the world number one duo Zheng Si-wei and Huang Ya-chung (China), but lost and won the silver medal. Korean badminton finished the tournament with a total of 2 gold medals and 2 silver medals, showing off its might as a badminton powerhouse.